Crime

Ex-Whatcom child care worker charged with child porn in Texas

McClatchy

A former Bellingham day care worker who moved to Texas months ago has been charged with making child pornography at a day care in San Antonio.

Last month an investigation by the FBI revealed a man on the gay dating app Grindr had been sending child pornography to another man over text messages, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Western Texas.

In late July an FBI agent spoke with the man who received the images, and he identified the sender as a man he knew as “Nick,” who law enforcement later determined to be Nicholas Andreas Gonzales-Malven, 29.

So the FBI agent used the other man’s persona and telephone to communicate with “Nick.”

Over text, Gonzales-Malven told the agent in graphic detail how he’d just sexually abused a 2-year-old boy, according to the complaint.

Also, the man sent photos of what looked like an adult hand – with a circular tattoo on the forearm – pulling the boy’s pants down and sexually touching him, according to the complaint.

The next day the FBI spoke with Gonzales-Malven at his home in west San Antonio. He had the same circular tattoo on his arm. The boy was identified as one of the children at La Petite Academy in San Antonio, a where Gonzales-Malven worked, according to the San Antonio Express-News. He has been fired.

Gonzales-Malven admitted he’d been receiving, sending and viewing child pornography for the past five years, according to the charges. He was charged in federal court with production of child pornography.

Until last year Gonzales-Malven appeared to have worked with children in Bellingham.

The Whatcom Family YMCA sent a letter to parents confirming Gonzales-Malven worked at the downtown building on State Street for two years, according to a statement sent to The Bellingham Herald.

So far no information suggests he acted inappropriately with children in that time, according to the statement.

The letter says: “His arrest prompted us to conduct a review of Mr. Gonzales-Malven’s tenure with the YMCA. We conducted state-mandated background, reference and fingerprint tests and criminal background checks on Mr. Gonzales-Malven before hiring him, which all came back clean. We did not receive any complaints about him during his association with the YMCA, and we have not received any since his employment concluded. His decision to leave was his own.”

The Bellingham Herald could not confirm Gonzales-Malven’s work with other Whatcom child care agencies listed in an online resume for Gonzales-Malven.

According to online college records, he graduated with his associate’s degree in arts and sciences at Whatcom Community College in 2013.

His next hearing in federal court is set for Aug. 10.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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